Like Calves Released From The Stall (For Emmanuel, on Christmas morning) And they shall leap joyfully like calves released from the stall Malachi 4:2 Before you arrived, we were charged With law-breaking Offenses for which we were imprisoned Behind the bars of guilt Wallowing in woes, swallowing reproach We were destined for destruction. Before you arrived, we were bruised By a dragon The adversary who bit us every night Writhing in pain, laden with wounds We fell under hell's spell And became accustomed to affliction. Before you arrived, we were slaves To lust Flames with which we fiddled our bodies Possessed by pride, obsessed with pleasures We treated our treasures as idols Yet our quest was unquenched. But yesterday night, we heard A noel Canticles of your miracle birth crescendoing over the ivy Sweetness sweeping across Bethlehem's borders As angels sang, shepherds gleed And glory shone on shrubs. You, child, are our delight The Saviour Sent to lighten our darkness & loosen our bonds Mop up our heaviness, soak us in cheerfulness This morning, like calves released from the stall, we leap with joy As we welcome you to the world, worshipping you as our Lord.
Ayooluwa E. Adekoya Ìmísí is a Nigerian writer/poet who writes from Osogbo. She has works published in Afritondo, Callapress, Faith On Every Corner, Parousia, The Shallow Tales Review, Eboquills, etc. Her writings often evoke messages of hope, healing, courage, and salvation and are often inspirational.
She’s the managing editor of Star and Staff literary magazine, executive editor at Fragrant Stars, and CEO/ creative consultant at Nectar Words Solutions, an editorial, publishing, and public speaking outfit. She is the author of Comrade of Comfort poetry collection.
Nowadays, she catches herself dreaming of becoming an award-winning children’s fiction writer.